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Un retreats after Isarael hits out at Gaza report

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UN retreats after Israel hits out at Gaza report

Secretary General rejects further investigation into ‘reckless’ military offensive

By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem


The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon bowed to pressure from Israel yesterday by trying to limit the impact of a comprehensive critique accusing its military of “recklessness or negligence” in this year’s Gaza offensive.

The official UN report – which Mr Ban himself commissioned – criticised the Israel Defence Forces for breaching the inviolability of UN premises, causing deaths, injuries and damage in seven incidents involving UN installations, and on occasions issuing untrue statements about what had happened.

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Urgent press alert

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Mon, 29th April 2010 – 4pm, Cii Offices
Addressed by Muhammed Ali Harath, CEO Islam Channel (UK)

The Media Review Network (MRN) is pleased to announce that the CEO of Islam Channel (UK), Muhammed Ali Harath appeared  in the  Kempton Park Magistrates Court this morning  (29th March 2010)   and has been discharged.

The withdrawal of all charges against Mr. Harath vindicates the MRN’s position that he has been innocent of so-called “terror charges”.

M.A.Harath, who hails from Tunisia and is resident in the UK where he heads this important media platform is a respected and well known Muslim personality. On January 24th 2010, on a flight from the UK, he was detained at the O. R. Tambo International Airport, in what appears to now be under mysterious circumstances.

Having spent two days in detention, his legal team secured his release, which required him to make a routine appearance in court. This was done this morning (29.3.10) with a successful acquittal of all charges.

The questions that arise from the strange circumstances of his arrest must be addressed by the relevant authorities in South Africa. We therefore call upon them to establish the role of foreign agents interfering in the security obligations of a sovereign country.

Iqbal Jassat                                   
Media Review Network
Cell: 083 594 3749

Channel Islam International (Cii)
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Johannesburg,South Africa
011 494 7000

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War without context fatah hamas and flawed language

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War without Context: Fatah, Hamas and Flawed Language
-By Ramzy Baroud

From a distance, the struggle between Hamas and Fatah appears commonplace, a typical third world country’s political scuffle over interpretation of democracy that went out of control, or simply a ‘power struggle’ between two political rivals vying for international aid and recognition. In fact, the conflict may appear as if it popped out of nowhere and will continue as long as the seemingly power-hungry Palestinians carry on with their self-defeating fight.


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